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Flood warnings issued as heavy rain hits East Anglia

FLOOD warnings have been issued for two rivers in west Suffolk and south Norfolk as heavy rain hits East Anglia.

The Environment Agency this morning issued precautionary flood warnings for the River Lark from Fornham St. Martin to Isleham and the River Kennett from Ousden to Freckenham and for the River Thet including Thetford and Brandon and the Little Ouse and Tributaries in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Environment Agency’s East Anglian flood warning page is here

Yesterday afternoon the agency and the MET Office issued a warning about localised flash flooding in East Anglia caused by heavy rainfall expected last night and this morning.

They warned some parts of eastern and central England could receive between 60-70mm of rain. Surface water flooding is expected which could cause disruption to travel.

The Met Office issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning valid from 2pm yesterday until midnight when it was stepped up to an amber ‘be prepared’ warning from midnight tonight until midnight on Friday.

It says: “Heavy and persistent rain is likely to extend north and west across many eastern, central and some northern parts of England.

“The public should be prepared for the possibility of surface water flooding, particularly within the Amber area, where there is an increasing likelihood of river flooding, disruption to travel and outdoor activities. The rain across central England, East Anglia and southeast England should ease later in the day.”

The Met Office weather warning page is here

The Environment Agency’s East Anglian flood warning page is here

Suffolk County Council advises people to check weather and media reports regularly and in an emergency, call 999.

Suffolk County Council’s school closure website will be being updated in the morning. The Suffolk schools closure website is here

 

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